Point - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pɔɪnt|  American pronunciation of the word point
Brit.  |pɔɪnt|  British pronunciation of the word point


- a geometric element that has position but no extension
a point is defined by its coordinates
- the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street
- a brief version of the essential meaning of something
get to the point
he missed the point of the joke
life has lost its point
- an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole (syn: detail, item)
a point of information
- a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process (syn: degree, level, stage)
- an instant of time
at that point I had to leave
- the object of an activity
what is the point of discussing it?
- a V shape (syn: peak, tip)
the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points
- a very small circular shape (syn: dot)
a row of points
- the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
he scored 20 points in the first half
a touchdown counts 6 points
- a promontory extending out into a large body of water
they sailed south around the point
- a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list (syn: item)
the main point on the agenda was taken up first
- a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
- an outstanding characteristic (syn: spot)
his acting was one of the high points of the movie
- sharp end
he stuck the point of the knife into a tree
he broke the point of his pencil
- any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
he checked the point on his compass
- a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
- one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan
- a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations (syn: period, stop)
- a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer (syn: head)
the point of the arrow was due north
- the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
- the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
- a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
he knows my bad points as well as my good points
- the gun muzzle's direction
he held me up at the point of a gun
- a wall socket
- a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs


- indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively (syn: designate, indicate, show)
He pointed to the empty parking space
- be oriented (syn: orient)
The weather vane points North
the dancers toes pointed outward
- direct into a position for use (syn: charge, level)
point a gun
- direct the course; determine the direction of travelling (syn: direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuvre, steer)
- be a signal for or a symptom of (syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal)
Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
- sail close to the wind (syn: luff)
- mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
- mark with diacritics
point the letter
- mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
- be positionable in a specified manner
The gun points with ease
- intend (something) to move towards a certain goal (syn: aim, direct, place, target)
- indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
the dog pointed the dead duck
- give a point to (syn: sharpen, taper)
- repair the joints of bricks
point a chimney

Extra examples

She showed us several graphs to illustrate the point she was making.

I see your point, but I don't think everyone will agree.

There's no use in arguing the point.

He made a very good point about the need for change.

Let me make one final point.

That's the point I've been trying to make.

My point is simply that we must do something to help the homeless.

There are two critical points that I would like to discuss.

When I asked the child where his mother was, he pointed in the direction of the house.

She pointed her finger at the door.

They pointed their microphones in my direction.

We can leave when the minute hand points to 12.

Stand with your arms at your sides and your hands pointing downward.

The ship was pointing into the wind.

She made the point that further resistance was useless.

Phrasal verbs

point out  — make or write a comment on

Word forms

I/you/we/they: point
he/she/it: points
present participle: pointing
past tense: pointed
past participle: pointed
singular: point
plural: points
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